Roo Reynolds has written a very comprehensive summary of what went down at Interesting 2011 yesterday, but here are my favourite bits:
1. Stanley James Press got us stitching together our own notebooks in a few minutes. They provided the basic materials, including needle and thread. This is what went into getting the materials together:
and this is what my finished notebook looked like.
2. Leila organised Hack Circus, a collection of very geeky cool performances. I really enjoyed Mark Hibbet‘s guitar act, especially that of Hey Hey 16K, which will make you laugh as you remember the days before the internet when the computer was used to do basic stuff like – erm – adding numbers up. Here it is:
6. Chris Heathcote’s molecular gastronomy session reminded me a bit of the Heston Blumenthal talk I went to recently, but I really appreciated and enjoyed it because of the passion he clearly has for the subject, as well as the effort that must have gone into obtaining samples of things as uncommon as sodium benzoate, tomato caviar and of course miracle fruit, the last of which essentially meant that the wine I had during lunch tasted like juice (it turns sour things sweet!). Excellent session.
7. I wish I’d had someone as inspiring as Alby Reid as my science teacher at school. He got us putting together mousetraps and placing ping-pong balls on them to illustrate how nuclear fission happens. This was the result:
Paul Downey has shot a video of it from a super close angle here.
Great job, Russell Davies and team.